NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Nevada County officials are ordering mandatory evacuations for residents in the area of Rice’s Crossing, near Bridgeport, due to the Rices Fire. According to CAL FIRE, it started as a structure fire and spread as a vegetation fire with a moderate rate of speed.
Evacuation centers for residents, including ones that have livestock, are listed below. Up-to-date evacuation information can be found at community.zonehaven.com
CAL FIRE reported that the fire is still at 904 acres and containment has increased to 12%.
Damage has been reported to 66kV transmission lines causing power outages in the area, according to CAL FIRE. There are threats to 230kV transmission lines.
There are currently 1,079 total personnel working on the fire and CAL FIRE has pushed back the estimated day of full containment to July 3 from July 1.
CAL FIRE NEU reported that 83,000 gallons of fire retardant has been dropped on the fire by the Grass Valley Air Attack Base.
According to CAL FIRE, the fire continues to be just over 900 acres, now with a 10% containment.
CAL FIRE reports that the fire is now just over 900 acres with 0% containment.
“We really are coming into a critical period of the day, but I am really pleased to see the efforts out there that went into ensuring that we were getting suppression efforts on the flanks and the shoulders,” CAL FIRE NEU Chief Brian Estes said during an afternoon update.
According to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Operation Captain Sam Brown, there are 1,100 people that could be displaced from the Rices Fire.
Estes said that there have been three firefighters sent to the hospital due to heat exhaustion, but they have been discharged and are recovering.
One of the greatest challenges of the fire Estes said, is the land it is burning in features extreme inclines, rocky terrain and difficult to access areas.
“There are some areas where it is impossible to get people, equipment or heavy equipment from point A to point B,” Estes said. “So we are using aviation to suppress the fire in those areas.”
FOX40 has confirmed that the fire has reached 860 acres.
Approximately 520 structures are threatened by the Rices Fire and four have been destroyed and one fire fighter has been injured, according to CAL FIRE.
CAL FIRE said they are expecting full containment by July 1.
Currently 80 engines, 20 water tenders, 15 hand crews, 11 dozers and 640 total personnel are on working this fire.
The fire is burning in “dormant brush, hardwood slash and brush,” CAL FIRE wrote in an incident update. “Steep and rugged terrain, critically dry and receptive fuel beds, active area for fire history and drought stressed trees are leading to the observed active fire behavior.”
CAL FIRE has reported that the fire has grown to 769 acres with 0% containment.
CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer North Division Chief Jim Mathias and Incident Commander for the Rices Fire told crews Wednesday that the keyword for those on the fire lines is “safety”.
“We are in dangerous country,” Mathias said. “It is steep, it is hot and we are in the early stages of this incident.”
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said all evacuation orders and warnings are still in effect.
According to Yuba County, air resources are being released since they can’t fight the fire at night, and Cal Fire will be monitoring the fire through the night.
Yuba County said, if the fire gets deeper into the canyon that holds the Yuba River, above Colgate Powerplant, the fire could pick up again.
Officials, however, are hoping the fire will “moderate as temps drop.”
During a press conference, Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes said 500 structures are threatened by the fire.
Cal Fire NEU said the Rices Fire has burned 510 acres and is 0% contained.
7:22 p.m. — The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said its law enforcement units will remain in the area of the Rice’s Fire throughout the night. The sheriff’s office said deputies will provide extra patrol to the evacuated areas.
Road closures remain in effect on Birchville Road at Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road at Bridgeport.
7:00 p.m. — According to a dashboard from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the Rices Fire has burned 510 acres. There are also street closures on Birchville Road at Highway 49.
6:33 p.m. — The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a number to call dispatch for those who need assistance on getting animals to the fairgrounds. The number is 530-265-7880.
5:00 p.m. — A plume of smoke from the Rices Fire is visible along Highway 49 near Auburn, in Placer County. CAL FIRE told FOX40 that there’s zero containment on the Rices Fire.
4:41 p.m. — Yuba County officials tweeted that two zones inside of Yuba County are under evacuation advisories, meaning to “be on alert for changing conditions.” The areas are north of Marysville Rd, Troost Trail, Fairhaven Drive, Lake Francis Road; south & east of Marysville Road.
4:14 p.m. — Nevada County Sheriff’s officials tweeted a new map of the evacuation zone that shows the communities of French Corral and Sweetland colored “red” for mandatory evacuations. The areas to the east, such as the community of Sebastopol and the area of Bunker Hill, are under evacuation warnings.
3:44 p.m. — The Rices Fire has reached 150 acres, according to CAL FIRE.
Nevada County officials said residents that evacuate may go to the Madelyn Helling Library, located at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Officials said road closures are in place at Pleasant Valley Road in Birchville , Bridgeport and Sweetland.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said that larger animals, such as livestock, may be taken to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, located at 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949.
The sheriff’s office said those who need assistance in getting animals to the fairgrounds can call dispatch at 530-265-7880.
The area where the fire is burning is in the foothills about 80 miles northeast of Sacramento.